About NVNG


NVNG Investment Advisors connects strategic capital seeking financial returns from the innovative ventures that fuel growth, via vetted venture capital investment opportunities.

NVNG Investment Advisors is an investment platform and network made up of a family of funds specifically designed to deliver competitive financial returns while also impacting place and addressing the strategic objectives of its investor base. The NVNG team delivers direct engagement with the venture capital industry, bringing efficiency to your investment in an inefficient market.

Our Core Values

The foundational concepts of who we are, and how we do what we do.

  • The truth has no bias—and our interpretation of it shouldn’t either.
  • The ‘right thing to do’ is always right.
  • Our prime value to customers comes not in the recommendations we deliver, but the opportunities we uncover in the first place.
  • Create opportunity by developing solutions to specific problems based on sound, proven first principles.
  • Question EVERYTHING.
  • Embrace candor, but with a warm, human hand.
  • As a team, we always have each other’s back.

Our promise to our investors is that when choosing NVNG, corporate and institutionally venture-oriented investors get a disciplined, rigorous, and proven matchmaker that can vet, curate, and advance their unique objectives by connecting them with opportunities via  diversified ‘fund of funds’ products.

The NVNG Investment Platform

Fund of Funds

The venture capital industry has become synonymous with disruption for its ability to finance and grow industry altering technologies. Unlike a traditional fund of funds with a purely financial focus, NVNG’s funds are built to actively connect strategically motivated investor bases with professional venture capital managers to advance investors’ dual objectives.

NVNG Connects™

NVNG Connects™ enables interactions common to either venture capital fund or direct startup company investing. The diversity and breadth of exposure are enhanced as NVNG is here to facilitate and organize the connections. For those new to the asset class and for investors with established programs, a fund of funds approach can both complement and support all by providing exposure to a more diverse group of venture capital funds from which to build out networks and connections.

Corporate and institutionally venture oriented investors get a disciplined, rigorous, and proven matchmaker that can curate and advance their unique objectives by  connecting them with opportunities via diversified ‘fund of funds’ products.

The NVNG Team

NVNG Investment Advisors is comprised of a team of investing and operating professionals who came together to use their diverse set of talents and skills built through decades of work in the institutional investment, technology transfer, venture capital, and startup company industries.

The team operates as a disciplined guide and experienced connector intent on serving an engaged and mutually beneficial community of active investors, venture capital funds, and underlying portfolio companies.

Carrie Thome

Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director

Chief Investment Officer, WARF
Assistant Portfolio Manager, SWIB
Board of Directors, Madison Funds family of Mutual Funds

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Linda Leikness

Chief Operating Officer / Managing Director

Chief Financial Officer, ARZU STUDIO HOPE
COO/CFO, Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals
Chief Financial Officer, PanVera Corporation
Chief Financial Officer, American Girl

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Grady Buchanan

Chief Investment Officer / Managing Director

Senior Investment Analyst, WARF
Founder & CEO, OmniValley
Risk & Analytics, Northern Trust
Treasury Sales Consultant, Wells Fargo

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Contact Us

NVNG Investment Advisors
111 N Fairchild St #240
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 467-5882